The Cambodia Fact file
Country Name: The Kingdom of Cambodia, In Khmer Language( Kampuchea)
Capital City: Phnom Penh
Motto: National Religion King
Language: Khmer, some speak English and French.
Ethnic: Khmer 90-95%
Government: Multi-party democracy under a constitutional monarchy
Tourist Destination: Siem Reap Province, Battam Bong Province and Sihanouk Ville.
Lakes/River: Tonle Sap Lake, Mekong River, Bassac River
Bordering Countries: Vietnam, Thai, Lao
Religion: Buddhism 95%
Population: 14.2 million
Land area: 181,035km2
Currency: Riel (R)
Country Code: 855
Siem Reap Province area code: 063
Working Hour: 7:00-11:00, 01:00-05:00 Close Saturday afternoon and Sunday
Internet: You can find internet in your hotel, Guest House, Restaurant, Bar and Many internet Cafes in town, one hour less than $1.
Taxi: Motor Dup(for one person), Tuk Tuk(for two person), Car (for three person),van (6-8 person)
International airport: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Food: Many Local and foreign restaurants. You can get a good food at some restaurant at the temples area by your driver advice.
Climate: Cambodia has two distinct seasons, the rainy season (May-October) and the dry season (November-April). We divide these two seasons to four small seasons as: 1. December-February, cool/dry. 2. March-May, hot/dry. 3. June-Ausgust, hot/rain. 4. September-November,Cool/diminishing rain. During the hot season, the hot day rarely climb above 40°C and the cool season may push the mercury as low as 18°C. The monsoons rains follow a fairly regular pattern-clear in the morning with 1-3 hour and rain in the afternoon. The country-side and temples of Angkor are particularly picturesque during the wet season.
Visas: One month visas are available at arrival of the international airports in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, at Cambodian embassies and at most border crossings with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. Business visa: $25.00, Tourist visa: $20.00.
Airport Tax: International: $25.00, Domestic: $6.00
Money: Cambodian riel (R) is the official currency in Cambodia, but Visitors can pay U.S. Dollars anywhere in Cambodia, you should change large bills at banks, hotels or exchange places. Many places at the temples or country-side will not have change for small purchases. Almost all currencies can be exchanged in the town.
Banking: There are many national and international banks in Siem Reap where you can change or withdraw money. Banks working hours are 8:00Am-3:30Pm, from Monday-Friday. All banks will accept Visa, Master, JCB card, American Express, Cheques ...etc and all kind of currencies. To get cash from credit cards and cheques you will need identification (passport) to copy. The ATMs machines are available in Siem Reap town 24 hours.
Hospital: Siem Reap Provincial Hospital 200m from the old market. Rudimentary facilities, Tel: 063 963 111. You can find many Clinics services 24 hours. Pharmacies are available on day time only.
Tourist Police: The police station is located opposite the main entrance station to the Angkor Archaeological Park, Tel: 012 40 24 24.
Fire: Tel: 012 78 44 64.
Temple Ticket: Passes are sold in one-day $20, Three-day $40 and seven-day $60. A regular admission ticket is not required to visit Phnom Kulen, Koh Ker and Beng Melea, but there are separate entrance fees of $20, $10, $5, respectively. You can buy passes at Check-Point on the way to Angkor Wat.
How Long to visit Siem Reap: One day visit you can see the highlights of the most famous temples only. Three days is sufficient to visit all of the major temples. Seven days is enough time to visit.
Time to see temple:
Sunrise: 5:00Am leave from your hotel or Guest House. You can see sunrise at Angkor Wat temple and Srah Srang. Normally tour guide and driver do the extra-charge ($5 -Tuk, $10 - Taxi, $15 - Mini Van).
Sunset: 4:30Pm climb Phnom Bakeng (Bakeng Hill) to the top to see sunset, or you can see at Pre Rup temple and Tonle Sap Lake.
Phnom Kulen (Kulen Mountain): is the best water-fall, more than 50km from Siem Reap. You can go there by Motor-Dups, Car, Van and drive-up time is until 12:00Pm only. You can't go-down before 12:00Pm. You can ask your driver or your company to buy the ticket for you before you go there. Some restaurants are available there for your lunch. The price of transportation is double charge.
Kbal Spean: is the small water-fall on the hill, more than 40km from Siem Reap and it will close at 3:00Pm. There are many restaurants are available for your lunch. Most of the temples are close at 5:00Pm except sunset place. The price of transportation is extra-charge.
Beng Melea Temple: It is open from morning to 5:00Pm. Two ways (go and back) is 150km from Siem Reap Town. The price of transportation is double charge too.
The Prek Toal bird sanctuary on the Tonle Sap Lake. There is much kind of birds for visitors to see during their stay in Siem Reap. Prek Toal is the most popular with birds watching of year for viewing is the dry season in (Dec-May). You ask your driver to arrange a trip to Prek Toal or do it through your tour company. The first you need a taxi driver to bring you from Siem Reap Town to Phnom Krom/Chong Khneas (boat station), and then you rent the boat to Prek Toal Environmental Research Station starting at $50 return, and $20 for entrance fee and $30 for a guide boat tour of the sanctuary. You can come back or stay there a night to see sunset and early morning viewing hours.
If you are enchanted by rice paddies and water buffalo, houses on stilts and little villages. You will find a tour through the Cambodian countryside truly worthwhile.
A limited display of guns, mines, tanks and other military hardware. Open from 8:00Am to 5:30Pm. Entry costs $3 and it is located on Road No.6 on the way to airport.
Founded by Mr. Akira, a former soldier and demine, this museum is a fascinating testament to Cambodia's violent past, and to Akira's personal survival. The museum is home to several young landmine victims taken in by Akira and his wife. The museum is open from 7:00Am to 6:00Pm. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted and much appreciated. It is located on the right hand side of the road to Banteay Srey temple.
The balloon station is one kilometer to the west of Angkor Wat. The balloon rises 200 meters in the air on a fixed wire and provides amazing views of the temples and landscape. Sunrise and Sunset are the most popular times for a ride. The ticket price is $12 for adult.
Massage and Spas:
After climbing around temples ruins a long day, a relaxing foot massage or a reinvigorating afternoon at the spa can be just what the doctor ordered. Massage for health and relaxation is a time honored tradition throughout Southeast Asia with Cambodia offering its own distinctive traditions in massage therapy. Siem Reap has several massage shops and spas catering to visitors.
Even you use your guidebook but it is not easy to fine the bas-reliefs, hire a tour guide is essential for the main temples. The price of English tour guide is $30-$40/day. During the high season (September-March) you should booking the hotel, guest house and tour guide at least a week before.
Hotel and Guest House
We can make reservations on your behalf at hotels and guesthouses with a variety of options: electric fan or air-conditioned rooms, cable TV, hot water, mini-bar, free Internet, complementary soft drinks and fruit, breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Five minutes by foot from the old market of Siem Reap, safe, and comfortable. Please make a reservation with us at least one week before your trip in low season and one month in hight season.
What to Bring:
Please dress a tropical environment warm, sunny, humid. Wear light, airy, covering clothing to protect yourself from the sun and mosquitoes. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, note book, Guide book, and flashlight for a serious temple and wear practical shoes for climbing narrow steps and walking on uneven surfaces.
Siem Reap Bus Station:
The bus station is located at Borey Seang Num east of town center 2kilometers. Motordups from the station into town price $1.5-$2, Tuk Tuk $2-4. If you depart from Siem Reap, most of the company arrange free pick-up from your staying place.
Siem Reap Boat Station:
The Boat Station is located at Chong Khneas near Phnom Krom around 16km south of Siem Reap town. The Boat trip are Siem Reap - Phnom Penh and Siem Reap - Battambang, spend 5-6 hours journey across the Tonle Sab Lake and it is a picturesque.
Siem Reap Airport:
The airport is 7km from town. Passengers can rent Motordups-$2, Tuk Tuk-$5 and Car-$7, spend 15mn. Some of the Hotel, Guest House and Travel agency arrange free pick-up from the Airport.
Traditional Apsara Dancing:
It has been a tradition since the earliest days of tourism in the 19th century to treat visitors to Siem Reap with an Apsara Dance performance a taste of living Khmer culture. No visit to Cambodia is complete without attending at least one performance. Traditional Khmer dance is better described as dance-drama in that the dance are not merely dance but also meant to convey a story. There are four main modern genres of traditional Khmer dance: 1. Classical Dance; 2. Shadow threaters; 3. Lakhon Khol; 4. Folk Dance.
The Old Market (Phsar Chas) is nearby pub street and night market. They are located in the heart of town on Sivutha Blvd. The Old Market close at 5:00Pm, but there are some of Souvenir Shop open until 9:00Pm.
Phsar Leu Thom Thmey (Big New, upper Market):
Phsar Leu is the main traditional market for the local and foreign visitor too. You can buy cloths, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh meat and local food in the low price. It is located on Route #6 east of Royal Palace 1500m. Open early morning and close at 4:00Pm, Monday-Sunday.
What to buy:
Hand woven Cambodian silks, stone, woodcarving statues and castings, contemporary Cambodian art, Cambodian handicrafts and traditional musical instruments, temple rubbings, silver areca (betel) containers, basketry and colored gems are among the most popular souvenirs.
The Distances from Phnom Penh to Provinces:
Phnom Penh to Province
Phnom Penh to Angkor Wat
Phnom Penh to Bobkor
Phnom Penh to Kirirom
Phnom Penh to Kampot
Phnom Penh to Kep
Phnom Penh to Sihanouk ville
Phnom Penh to Kampong Chhnang C
Phnom Penh to Pursat
Phnom Penh to Battambang
Phnom Penh to Pailin
Phnom Penh to Banteay meanchey
Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
Phnom Penh to Kampong Thom
Phnom Penh to Kampong Cham
Phnom Penh to Prey Veng
Phnom Penh to Svay Rieng
Phnom Penh to Ta Keo
Phnom Penh to Kandal
Phnom Penh to Kampong Speu
Phnom Penh to kratie
Phnom Penh to Steung Treng
Phnom Penh to Mundolkiri
Phnom Penh to Prah Vihear
Phnom Penh to Ratanakiri
Phnom Penh to Koh Kong
Phnom Penh to Oddor Meanchey